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Bengals snap count takeaways: Frustrating trends continue against the Ravens

The Bengals seem to keep expecting the same struggling players to somehow step up week after week, and it has gotten past the point of insanity.

Baltimore Ravens v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Bengals dropped a close one against the Ravens on Sunday and subsequently dropped to 5-5 on the season. Both teams went back and forth with each other but the Bengals’ depth failed to step up when it counted, and you could tell based on personnel decisions that Cincinnati was already giving Baltimore a head start.

Here are the snap count takeaways:

  • It has become tradition to see just how bad the Bengals were out snapped on Sunday. This week their offense only managed 55 plays while Baltimore had 79. The issue hasn’t changed here. The Bengals can’t convert third downs on offense, and they can’t stop anyone on third down either.
  • Why on earth is Hardy Nickerson Jr. playing every single defensive snap? Nickerson started because of Preston Brown’s injury but nothing he’s done this season warranted that decision to be made from Marvin Lewis. Nickerson just looked lost most of the time as the team struggled with Lamar Jackson running the ball all game long.
  • Many fans were upset when the Bengals targeted Cody Core on the play that basically decided the game. However, you should probably be even more mad that somehow Core played 34 snaps. That is the same amount of snaps that Joe Mixon got on the day! It doesn’t matter what injuries they were dealing with, Core playing that much is just ridiculous. Not to mention Alex Erickson (9) and Auden Tate (1) played a fraction of the snaps he got, and Tate was the only one to grab a reception on the game. No wonder guys like Tyler Boyd (52) and John Ross (51) are struggling to create space when the defense doesn’t even have to worry about any of the other receivers.
  • A couple defenders returned this week after extended absences. Darqueze Dennard (63) played well in his return. He had a few splash plays on the day, and you could tell there was an upgrade in coverage in slot with him out there. Vontaze Burfict (36) on the other hand looked like he could probably use another week off. He missed plenty of tackles, and he just didn’t look like the same player we’ve grown to expect him to be.
  • While we are on the subject of linebackers, it is incredibly frustrating that with all the injuries and poor play at the position already that Malik Jefferson didn’t get a single defensive snap. Meanwhile, Vincent Rey is out there 22 snaps. It may have been Lewis wanted a veteran out there who could understand the nuance of the read option, but what does that matter wen Rey is too slow to really make any meaningful impact?

Bengals’ snap counts vs the Ravens

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
83 WR Tyler Boyd 52 95
80 WR Josh Malone DNP DNP
15 WR John Ross 51 93
12 WR Alex Erickson 9 16
16 WR Cody Core 34 62
19 WR Auden Tate 1 2
77 OT Cordy Glenn 55 100
74 OT Jake Fisher 2 4
68 OT Bobby Hart 55 100
70 OT Cedric Ogbuehi -- --
65 OG Clint Boling 55 100
63 OG Christian Westerman -- --
62 OG Alex Redmond 55 100
66 OG Trey Hopkins -- --
53 C Billy Price 55 100
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 55 100
88 TE Jordan Franks 3 5
89 TE Matt Lengel 6 11
14 QB Andy Dalton 55 100
6 QB Jeff Driskel -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 34 62
25 RB Giovani Bernard 26 47
32 RB Mark Walton -- --
96 DE Caros Dunlap 59 75
94 DE Sam Hubbard 32 (1) 41 (1)
90 DE Michael Johnson 42 53
75 DE Jordan Willis 37 47
97 DT Geno Atkins 59 75
98 DT Adolphus Washington -- --
99 DT Andrew Billings 49 62
91 DT Josh Tupou 37 47
59 LB Nick Vigil DNP DNP
57 LB Vincent Rey 22 28
52 LB Preston Brown DNP DNP
56 LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. 79 100
50 LB Jordan Evans 38 48
45 LB Malik Jefferson -- --
55 LB Vontaze Burfict 36 46
51 LB Brandon Bell -- --
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick 64 81
21 CB Drarqueze Dennard 63 80
22 CB William Jackson 79 100
29 CB Tony McRae -- --
23 CB Darius Phillips 9 11
20 CB KeiVarae Russell -- --
36 S Shawn Williams 77 97
42 S Clayton Fejedelem 5 6
30 S Jessie Bates III 79 100
40 S Brandon Wilson 3 4